One Simple Stone

BY TIM LABRECHE

Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.  (1 Samuel 17:49-50 NLT)

One simplestone. That’s all it took for a shepherd, small in stature, to topple a giant. One simple stone. I’m sure if we could talk to Goliath, he would tell us how embarrassed he was. Wouldn’t you be? If you were a giant warrior equipped with the most modern of armor, towering over any opponent by feet and whose strength was unmatched, wouldn’t you be embarrassed if you were taken down by a simple stone picked up from a nearby riverbed?

You and I are just like Goliath. We’re equipped with the best armor. Ephesians 6:11 says to “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Check. We’ve got the armor. John 4:4 reads, “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” Okay, so knowing we’re filled with the Spirit, we know we tower over all of our opponents and the strength we possess is unmatched and unbeatable by anyone or anything. Check.  If I were to compare apples to apples, we would be just like Goliath in those ways!

We’ve already learned that Goliath, the mighty warrior, was defeated by one simple stone. Recently I, too, the mighty warrior strengthened by God Almighty, with the Holy Spirit flowing through me was also knocked down by one simple stone. Except in my case, it wasn’t a literal stone. It was a tooth.

A few weeks ago I had tooth pain so bad I let it control me. I was easily agitated. I didn’t control my emotions well. I even threw a handful of envelopes at the wall because after multiple attempts I couldn’t get them to print without a smudge on them. I lost control. I let a tooth, something that’s shaped just like a small stone, win a battle against me. Once I realized how I was acting, I was completely embarrassed just like Goliath would have been.

This is where the similarities end. The stone that Goliath dealt with ended him. Not a single breath more. It was game over for him. The stone that hit me, didn’t end me. Rather, it reminded me of the grace and goodness of our Savior. After my little temper-tantrum-tirade, I went to my Heavenly Father. I confessed my sin in allowing a rock to penetrate the armor I was wearing. 1 John 1:9 states that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” When I confessed my sins to my Savior it was immediately forgiven. I was clean again. That stone was obliterated into nothingness.

What about you? Have you let a small stone penetrate your heavenly armor? Take heart! Remember that it’s only a battle. Unlike Goliath, that small stone will not be the end of you. You will live to breath many more breaths. Confess your shortcomings to our Savior, take note of your experience and grow from it!

Father in Heaven above, we praise You for your unending grace. Your mercy runs like a stream through our lives, it’s never ending. We ask that you would continue that mercy and forgive us for the times we allow the small stones through the armor you’ve provided us through Your Holy Spirit. Lord, we ask that You would continually show us when we are giving them permission to pierce Your armor so we may be strengthened to rebuke them by the unmatchable power that comes from Your name! This we pray in Your holy name. Amen!